Since its inception, HIFA has placed young people at the core of its activities and organisational structure. The Festival has always drawn its largest contingent of event staff from A’ level students and school-leavers. This has been part of its efforts at empowerment and employment creation. through their Festival involvement, these young Zimbabweans are trained and given work experience to equip them to be creative productive citizens.
Young people will also have a highly secure, dedicated Festival area in which they can enjoy performances and workshops. This area, the Simba Youth Zone, will also feature performances from schools and young artists from around the country.
HIFA is also training 70 street youth to be part of the event staff as in previous years. Not only are the youths trained for Festival jobs, they also receive life skills training from various professionals – HIFA will work with PePFAR in this regard.